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L PSO DAI.Y HERALD. MONDAY. DECEMBtB 17. 1900. THfe DAILY HERALD nblhihed Every Evening Except Sunday by the Herald News Company EL PASO. TlXAS. 1.ITTLB PLAZA. TELEPHONE 11 An Independent Republican NEW8PAPER. Ugld Enforcement of Existing Laws 1 the First Step Towara Mu nicipal Reform. B. XX SLATER, Editor and General Manager. HENRY L. CAPELL, Business Manager. n tared at the postofflce at El Paso, Texas for transmission througn the malls at second class rates. TERMS OP SUBSCRIPTION. Dally, one year $7.00 Dally, six months 3.50 Dally, three months 1.75 Dally, one month 60 Weekly, one year 2.00 Weekly, six months 1.00 Weekly, three months 50 The Daily HERALD Is delivered by carrier In El Paso, Texas, Juarez, Mexico, and at the El Paso smelt ing works, at fifteen cents (15c) per week, or sixty cents (60c) per month. Subscribers failing to get the HERALD regularly or promptly should call at the office or telephone No. 15. All complaints will receive prompt attention. TO ADVERTISERS. In order to insure proper changes In advertising, copy for same should be at the business office not later than 10 a. m. ADVERTISING RATES. Bates of advertising in the Daily or Weekly HERALD will be made known upon application at the bus iness office. Those who prefer can have a representative of the bus iness department call upon them, who will quote prices and make contracts fr space, CaU telephone No. 115. Classified advertisements for locals, ten (10c) cents per line for nrst In sertion and five (5c) cents for each r additional Insertion. Special rates Upon five hundred (500) or one thousand (1000) lines of local, to be used In one month, will be fur nished upon application. GOOD WORK OF CHAMBER OF COMMERCE DIRECTORS. The directors of the chamber of commerce took action Friday night on three important matters, for which u.ey deserve high commendation. A new set of by laws was adopted, it was decided to secure Prof. Carrera's mineral collection for the Midwinter Carnival, and an offer of a fifty thous ant dollar bonus was wired to Phelps, Dcdge and Company of New York, to be paid, in the event that the Bisbee road should be extended to this city within the next year. It is true that the sendie; of the of fer of a bonus does not commit the chamber of commerce to anything. At the suggestion of the First National lank the offer was made thit suck an amount could be raised, but so far as the chamber of commerce was con cerned it merely lent its name and authority to the offer in transmitting it. Even this action was taken against some opposition, but th? fact that tbe ' offer is now made in the name of the chamber is gratifying. J It will tf nd to increase the prestige of the chamber both at home and abroad. . In the matter of themineral exhibit, the record of the directors is not so pleasing,and yet the result will no doubt be satisfactory. The otfer madu by Prof. Carrera was a most generous one, and in accepting it the chamber would certainly have had the approval of all its own members and of the city at large. The amount involved was only two hundred dollars, and yet, such is the tiresome timidity and absence rl push in some of the controlling spir its of the chamber that they wanted to shift the responsibility for collecting this small amount away from the chamber on to the shoulders of some committee. The committee had no more to do with it than the British prime minister, yet it was on!y ofter consid erable delay and obstruction that even the qualified acceptance of the profes sor's offer was given. By way of sug gestion, if the chamber of commerce directors, as a body, would exercise and exhibit a little more forceful, pro gressive, and hopeful spirit, showing that they had confidence in the people to 8 us tain them in carrying out the work of the chamber, they would not have so much cause to complain of lack of support. The officer who stood be hind a tree and complained that his men would not follow him into the fight would not compare very favor ably for bravery with him who drew his sword, leaped to the forefront, called to his men to follow him, and trusted to their sense of honor not to desert him in the face of the enemy. The adoption of the new by laws, which are printed today in this paper, is a great step' in advance. The by laws of the El Paso chamber of com merce, as adopted, now have points of superiority over those of any other commercial organization with which the chamber has been in correspond ence. There are three points of su periority. One is the provision that ab sence from meetings of the director ate three times without adequate ex cuse shall in itself operate to forfeit the office, which shall be immediately filled by the board. Another is the provision that the president and other officers shall be elected by the board by ballot without nominations. The superiority of this plan was brought out in a former article. The greatest improvement of all lies in the method of electing directors. Part of this plan has already been ex plained, and reference made to its value. But as finally adopted even the first suggestion has been improved upon, and the system as it now stands and in compliance with which the coming annual election will be held, Is about perfect. It provides for two elec tions, a primary and a regular, both to be by ballot, and the choice being determined solely by , the whole mem bership of the chamber. It is as if the whole membership should be present at the annual meeting. This is im possible to secure, and the new elector al system admirably reaches the diffi culty. The outcome ought to be the selectlon of a board of directors next January that will Invariably lead the chamber In all its activities, that will inspire confidence and enthusiasm, and that will set a good example to the members at large by always attending the meetings of the board and by tak ing an active part, personally and offi cially, in every public movement. TROUBLE WITH THE CENSUS ENUMERATION. The city of Albany is feeling very sore over tbe inadequate result of tbe recent census. The chamber of com merce has taken the matter up through Its committee on statistics and publication, and a partial recount has demonstrated the fact that thous ands were missed in the count, just as they were in this city. The Albany investigators, being rabid democrats, affect to believe that politics entered into the work, and that the misrepre sentation was Intentional. This charge may be dismissed as too childish for consideration. Neither democratic nor southern cities were discriminated against, and the intentional fal sifying of returns on such an enormous scale, involving the "fixing" of some 50,000 enumerators, would be impossible. Hence it is to local causes that we must look. In Albany the same trouble was en countered as in. this city, according to the report of the committee. Investi gation showed that "there were evi dences of lax methods and an utter want of careful oversight." "Many of the appointees were not only incom petent, but were indolent and care less." The Argus goes on thus: , In the third ward, one of the wards in question, one enumerator was eject ed from a citizen's house. He came there when grossly intoxicated, his census being covered with blots. An other was dismissed from a gentle man's office because he was Impudent and abusive. A third told several fam ilies upon whom he called that the census "took no account of children." At house after house were slips offer ed to our men, having been left by the regular census taker, but never there after called for. It was the custom of many of the federal appointees to record such names as could easily be reacned but when the revisiting . of houses and the following up of absen tees absorbed time for which 2V4 cents a name did not prove remunerative they ceased their labors and filed their imperfect sheets. This is the reason that "Vacant" and "Out of Town" ap pears in so many of their blanks. It is most unfortunate that El Paso aid nothing to offset the work of the federal census takers. We should at least have had a reenumeration by competent men, under salary and un der oath, to which count the city auth orities and chamber of commerce could certify as to Its correctness, and which could then be used in all official publications. The fact should be widely advertised tnat El Paso has 22.000 or 23,000 peo ple, instead of the less than 16.000 ac corded by the census. That Incom plete enumeration will damage us greatly and unjustly, and it is not too late even now to take the proper ac tion. Arrangements could be made to count the population about the first of February, after the carnival crowd had gQne, but before the people had begun to go away for the summer. The win ter population in this city is more nor mal than the summer, since the sea son during which this city is a popu lar resort is seven or eight months. not three or four. Berlin treats a fire as a very serious offense against the common peace and welfare and after a fire has been put out, the police set to work investigat ing the causes with an eye to punish ing the culprit. In a recent fire in that city, caused by a tile falling out of one of their big tile stoves, and burn ing its way to the floor below, the po lice discovered that the zinc under the stove- was some inches smaller than the law of the city prescribes. The tenant was called upon to explain his negligence of the law. The tenant claimed that he only leased the room of which the stove was an ap pointment for which he was not re sponsible. The police then fastened the blam on the landlord who promptly shifted it off on the previous owner on the plea that he had but recently bought th house as it stood and was not primarily responsible for the in adequate zinc under the stove in the garret bed chamber. The court warn ed him of his duty in the case but let him go and sought out the previous owner who had sold the building. It proved that he had caused or allowed the stove to be set up on the too small zinc and he was fined enough to pay for the expenses of the fire department in retting to and extinguishing the fire, was required to repair the dam aged plaster and woodwork and was fined three hundred marks beside for having violated a clause of the fire or dinances of the city. London, Paris and Berlin are all better guarded against fires than any American cities We of America can put out a fire more quickly than any other nation can, but they can keep from catching afire longer. So honors are about easy un- less the old adage is true which says that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. o According to some reports Tsi An has accepted the following peace con ditions: The early return of Kwang Su j to power, indemnity to the amount of 40.000.000. the right of each legation to maintain a guard of 2000 troops, and the maintenance of a foreign adviser in every province of the empire. If she should agree to any such complete surrender to the foreigners, it will ...t . 1 . V.. 1 ... t , I. 1 SI1H. ..ABA.. vation that she will break the agree ment as soon as possible. The doughty old woman has probably not exper ienced any change of heart as to the foreign devils nor as to her desire to dominate in China, and any promise that she may make is as good as brok en as soon as made, for while there is hope she will plot for the throne and against the white man in China, o In several cities the "crusade against vice" that is now in progress has di rected itself against the dance halls first of all. These disreputable resorts are also the worst feature of El Paso's carnival of law-violation. They are not only the worst, but they are abso lutely without the specious defense that is put up for the other houses of crime and outlawry. There Is not the slightest excuse for their existence, they breed crime and criminals, they ruin the young, they pander to the worst element in the community, and in openly protecting them, as is done by the police of this city with the con nivance of the mayor, the authorities are committing a fearful crime against the community. o England is having a terrible scare over her beer. Three hundred deaths and three thousand illnesses have been reported as due to arsenical poisoning In the beer and twenty-five thousand barrels of beer have been emptied into the streets. The fatalities so far have all occurred in the vicinity of Manches ter, but London has the scare badly and is leaving off its beer and ale drinking and in consequence English brewers are getting excited. It is claimed that the substitution of other brewing materials than malt and bops, produces the poison. . o The American worry is said to affect even the cattle. According to the Bos ton Herald one prominent cattle raiser refuses to employ a hasty or profane man to take care of iiis stock as un worried cattle put on more and better beef than those that are prodded and sworn at. Money makes money in New York and El Paso. Here speculators think nothing of doubling their money every time they touch it. In New York the Vanderbilt estate increased by $14,500,- 000 during its idleness for something iesu than a vear I less man a year. I Topeka Is In the procession with a vice crusade, and $26,000 has been sub- 1 scribed as a fund for the prosecution . o fsaloon keepers. El Paso will soon I be the only great city in our land that ' isn't crusadlne against vice. o The cities of our land are having an epidemic of crusades. Chicago swore ' out thirteen warrants against prize .. , , . . , lifciiic biivi usui P-uuium. ibbi week. 1 o I Our esteemed contemporary, the Congressional Record, has resumed publication. THE STRIKE ON THE SANTA FE. From the Kansas City Journal. The strike of the union telegraph operators on the Atchison. Topeka & Santa Fe road is an unfortunate occur rence for several reasons. In the first place it will deprive a large number of employes of salaries which they will need for the support of their families. These employes have voluntarily aban doned positions in which they were making a good living and which, ac cording to statements of some of the officials of tbe road, they will never be able to regain. They have embarrassed the road in its operations and thereby jeopardized the business interests of thousands of producers and shippers who are aepenaent on this railway for transportation. They have aone this, not because they had any grievance against tne company for they had none. The com pany was faithfully living up to all the obligations imposed by its contract with them. Their strike is that un reasonable unfair and unjustifiable proceeding known as a "sympathetic strike." Only in the rarest cases is a sympathy struce ever excusable. Men who are well treated by their employ ers, who have no grounds of complaint and have preferred no complaint, have no moral right to violate their obliga tions to these employers merely be cause men of the same or a kindred craft have precipitated trouble in some other quarter. Especially is this true when, as in the present case, they are under conrtact agreement to give em ployers due notice before quitting their service. According to President Rip- ley. the Santa Fe teleeranhers were obligated by written contract to give j fore leaving its service. There can be no encouragement to employers of labor to enter into agree ments with employes when the latter show no respect for their promises. In all such contracts employers make con cessions In return for promises of this kind which would not be made other wise, and employers are expected to fulfill their part of the agreement to the letter. Is It any wonder that they desire to be permanently rid of men who suddenly quit their posts of duty in violation of their solemn agree ment? organized labor has its rights, but these rights do not absolve it from tne duty of redeeming its promises and living up to Its contracts a duty bind ing on all honorable men everywhere, SOME FACTS ABOUT THE HIGH SCHOOL SITE. To The Herald: As an offset to the fierce attacks made upon the school board by the morning paper it might be well to state a few facts in regard to the transaction, which the paper referred to is evidently ignorant of or else too unfair to explain. First. The site selected is not in the foothills" but tbe entire block is as level as a floor and no handsomer lo cation could be found in the "city. While at the present time it it is on the outskirts, in the course of a few years will occupy almost the exact geo graphical center of the residence por tion of the city by reason of the rapid building up of that portion. Second. The price paid was not ex- horbitant. The site consisted of an entire block of twenty lots and the total cost was $8,000 or an average of $400 per lot. Some of these lots sold as low as $290 while one brought $1,700. which price includes a good six room brick cottage which could not in all . probability be duplicated at this price anywhere in the city. It is true that a block (10 lots) was offered In this same vicinity for $3,000. But to secure the other half of the same block would have cost $6.660 or a total of $9.600 or $1,600 more than was paid by the board. To say that a half block would be suffi cient Is to speak without knowledge of the facts. In buying this site the school board wai evidently governed by a desire to ! provide for the future needs of a growing city. Where then, could a i site have been secured for an equal j amount of money, better adapted to I the present as well as the prospective demands of our school . population. This block is about equi-distant be tween Franklin Heights on the east and Sunset Heights on the wst and it requires no argument to show that these will become our great residence sections in the near future, not to speak of the rapid growth in the im mediate vicinity of the selected site. F. W. B. THAT "TERRIBLE EXPERIENCE. From the Pass City Independent. That pitiful story, "a terrible ex perience," told by three recruits from the Philippines in the morning paper the other day, was a farce pure and simple. The men passed through here all right and all three of them were as healthy looking specimens of manhood as one could wish to see after passing through the trying ordeal that they said they experienced. They were not too sick to imb.oe a few "flowing bowls" ere tney left and puchase a bottle of old rye at the Palace saloon. One of them had his left hand bandag ed, but aside from this, they appeared to be as happy as June birds. No doubt they wanted to spend Christmas at home. EL. PASO CITY UNION. Which is composed of the societies of the different churches, will meet at the Christian church Tuesday evening V: 30 o'clock. A splendid program has been arranged. Everybody cordially invited to attend ODD FELLOWS TO HOLD INITIATION TONIGHT. El Paso Lodge 284. I. O. O. K.. will nav"e a triple initiation tonignt. Border lodge 374 will initiate tomor row nieht. If you have a stove to set up or re- Pair TPp,a dto E1 Pa sheet Metal WorkB, 405 Mesa avenue or phons 648. Prompt attenUon given, Dr. J. H. Parsons, Dentist, room it Plaza Block. Hotel Pierson. American plan $2.00 to $3.00 per day. All outside rooms. t very thing in Music A PIANO FOR CHRISTMAS What more . appropriate gift than a piano? It is something that adds much to the attrac tiveness of home, and aside from the entertaining part of it, Is the refining influence that at taches to its presence. A Singer Piano, th only really high grade piano, sold at a medium price, is just the thing. Sold on easy payments when desired, of if there s no one that can perform on the piano, what's tbe matter with a Music Box or Mandolin or Guitar? There are many suitable things in this store for those who wish to remember with a gift. We have engaged the services of a first-class piano tuner from an eastern music house. All or ders for tuning will receive prompt and careful attention. PIANOS Tn"KD KKPMRKD KE.NTFD W. O. Walz Co., El Paso, Texas Elegant HOLIDAY Beautiful Booklet", Holiday Papeteries, Statuettes and Bric-a-brac. Manicure Sets. Purses and Pocketbooks, Fancy Picture Frames, Etc., I am going out of the toy business entirely, so I am closing out my dolls and toys at any price below cost. It is a Pleasurs to show Goods M. H. WEBB, the Druggist 220 San Antonio Street OOOOOOOOOOOOOIOOOOOOOOOOOOO 8 4 OOOOOOOOtOOOOOOSOOOOOOOOOOl CHRISTMAS I Comes but But this is the year I money on your presents by cominer to. us. f Our entire stock of gents' furnishings will ! f be closed out at cost. J JOHN BRTTlSTsnER., t 104 El Paso Si. ! -A GLANCE AT- THE MAP Mexican Central Ry, o3era moil desirable resorts tor the summer (a well as i winter) notably Guadalajara, Lake Ghapala, Aguaaoallentes, which are high and dry where every day in the year la pleasant and every nlsrht oo .... Sunshine and Strawberries Every Day In the Year ror rates and other Information, apply u B. J, KUHN. Commercial Agent, El Paso, Text. wiiiibk to aiw Vm Jot. Some convicts were pulverizing stone at the time of tbe official visit, ami the governor of the prison was Inspecting the work. After contemplating the proceedings a few minutes the governor, remarked: "Here, my man, you are not pulveriz ing that stone finely enough; that sort of thing will never do." The convict calmly rested his arms and said: "(iuv'nnr, I'm willing to be turned off n:iI discharged If my work doesn't suit. I never applied for this Job or the situation, and If my work ain't satisfactory I'm willing to go." Tit-Bits. Ftarvrwa. "One hundred and slxty-elx Thus far the answer to queries edi tor, sitting at the telephone, had pro ceeded when the exchange editor threw up his hands and exclaimed: "Merciful heavens!" "One hundred and sixty -six central,' resumed tbe other. "Hello! Is that" "Oh." ejaculated the exchange edi tor, greatly relieved, "I thought you were looking at the thermometer!" Chicago Tribune. r THE- J New City Directory Now In Preparation. vVl 11 contain many features not bUherto included in directories of El Paso, and will be oomplete in every respect. Tbe new Directory will be published by a tome company and the printing mod binding' done by local pristine houses. El Paso Directory Co., Publishers. t The "STAR" Livery. Feed ana-Sale Stables ISr;1 BKST AND CHEAPEST RIGS IN CITY. NATGREFR.Prap. PHONE 68 Line of GOODS. Handsome Illlustrated Books, Cut Glass and Fine China, Teplitz Ware, Toilet Cases, Fine Pictures, Holiday Perfumes, Etc. A STUDY worthy of your time and In telligence Is our line of . CARRIAGES. Whether or not you want to spend money on wheeled ve hicles Che exhibit of modern movable elegence will prove mighty interesting. And that Interest will be increased when prices are ascertained. We sell better carriages at less money than any dealer in the city. H. P.NOAKE. , Santa Fe ft W. Overland 9ta Once a Yean 4 that you can save Of MEXICO win enow you in a tne i ICAN CENTRAL RY. reaohes all of bs Important points of Mexico. The (able land of Mexico traversed ' n Its entirety b -a BxtcaM Ckuarltr.' She wss great upoa the Pla, The Zulus and the Turks! Par swarthy Kickaboothians and yellow TUaktdc tootbians Incessant were her works. And ne'er a heathen nine Lacked petticoat or sown; Her charity extended from where the sooth pel ended To where the sun went down. To faroff Abyssinia She sends ber homemade frocks; my A fric't sunny fountains or India's mountains They wear her knitted socks. In the wilds of Patagonia The natives apesk her ism And don the garments sent 'em. with supplement 'em. With blessings on her name. to Ber work la most unceasing In every sphere and clime; very penny that's collected to the black man la directed With an energy sublime. But st home in darkest England The cry she never heeds; Though her sisters die around ber, ao maa yet ass ever found ber e Psy attention to their needs. Pick-He-Da.